Health Workers Reject Deal to Drop 'Night Vigil' Charges

Community health workers charged with participating in a prohibited gathering reject offer from the state to drop charges

About 130 community health workers charged with participating in a prohibited gathering in July 2014, have rejected an arbitration offer from the state, which would have seen the charges dropped in the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court.
 
Anele Yawa, national chairperson of the HIV lobby group Treatment Action Campaign, says, “We met with the National Prosecuting Authority, which offered to drop the charges if we admit guilt. We drew up a list of conditions that had to be met for us to accept their offer but they rejected it.”
 
The health workers were arrested after they staged a night vigil on 9 July 2014 outside Bophelo House, the head office of the Free State’s health department, in a protest against what they describe as their ‘unfair dismissal’.
 
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Source: 
Mail and Guardian

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